Jarvis in Motion: A Research Artifact for Circulating Lifestyle Values in Public

Eun Jeong Cheon, Shenshen Han, Norman Makoto Su

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We report on a research through design study of how our everyday objects, augmented with technologies, could contribute to disseminating people's lifestyle values in public. We developed Jarvis, a hybrid object combining a glass jar with a location-tracking system. The Jarvis endeavors to make lifestyle values visible, while sometimes hiding its values across different places. As a design research artifact, the Jarvis seeks to spark meaningful interactions as zero-waste practitioners carry it around in their daily routines in public. The data visualized through the Jarvis demonstrate how users' values are spread out locally. 18 zero-waste followers participated in a week-long deployment with a design probe followed by post-deployment interviews. Our findings highlight the role of different agencies in circulating values represented by the Jarvis. We discuss our methodological insights on hybrid objects, and how the circulation of values may inform us about the alternative roles of technologies in speaking for our lifestyle values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3449179
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Issue numberCSCW1
StatePublished - Apr 22 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Hybrid object
  • Research through design
  • Value centered design
  • Value circulation
  • Values in design
  • Zero waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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